New Delhi: The Prime Minister of India and The Prime Minister of Australia welcomed the collaborations between Universities and called for efforts to enlarge the scope for joint research, joint Ph. D. programmes and joint degrees and commended the work of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC) in advancing education, training and research partnerships. Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for the continuing efforts of Australian authorities to ensure the welfare and security of Indian students studying in Australia.
The Prime Ministers welcomed the increasing collaboration to develop a quality skills training framework in India. Prime Minister Abbott underlined Australia’s commitment to supporting the up-skilling of India’s workforce, including through Australia’s world class vocational education and training (VET) capabilities. The Prime Ministers welcomed partnerships between India’s Sector Skills Councils and Australia’s Industry Skills Councils in key industry areas.
The Prime Ministers welcomed the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan initiative, under which young Australian students would study in institutions in India, thereby furthering youth and academic exchanges and promoting contacts.
Prime Minister of Australia said: India will participate in the New Colombo Plan when it expands across the Indo-Pacific region in 2015.
The New Colombo Plan will build on our already strong education links with India and complement the Indian Government’s Connect to India initiative which funds five Indian universities to each host at least 30 international students.
India is our second largest source of international students with more than 30,000 Indians granted visas to study in Australia in 2013-14.
The New Colombo Plan aims to increase understanding and knowledge of our region and ensure a more Asia-aware Australian workforce for the future.
To further strengthen educational ties, a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Technical Vocational Education and Training has also been signed between the National Skills Development Corporation of India and the Australian Department of Industry.
The Australian Government will provide a further $3 million in funding for Melbourne University’s Australia India Institute – Australia’s only national centre of research and analysis on India. Since its establishment in 2008, the Institute has played an important role in expanding understanding of the bilateral relationship. Its publications and activities have raised awareness of India among Australian decision makers, and have helped to change perceptions about Australia in India.
I welcome the Institute’s plans to open its first node in India in early 2015, supported by the University of Melbourne. The work of the Institute complements the New Colombo Plan, by providing Australian researchers, academics and students with the opportunity to study in India. I would like to acknowledge the contribution the Director of the Institute, Professor Amitabh Mattoo, has made to Australia's relationship with India, he told.
Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.